Synesius of Cyrene
Mosaic depicting an angel. Museum of Ptolemais
of Cyrene (c.370-c.413) was a Neo-Platonic
philosopher who became bishop of Ptolemais
in the Cyrenaica.
He left behind a small corpus of texts that offer much information
about daily life in Late Antiquity, and about the
of the Roman world.
Hymn 10 is offered here in the translation by A. Fitzgerald.
Hymn 10: To ChristO Christ, Son of God
who reigneth above,
remember Thy servant,
by destiny a sinner,
who writeth these words,
and grant my release
from passions that bring death,
which are implanted in me,
a sullied soul.
O Savior Jesus,
to behold Thy divine light,
that appearing there
I may sing a song
to the Healer of souls,
the Healer of bodies,
together with the mighty Father
and the Holy Spirit.
Revision: 14 August 2007